How much sleep do seniors need? One of the biggest changes we go through as we get older is to our circadian rhythm, or body clock. As we age, we gradually shift toward falling asleep earlier and waking up earlier in the morning. Age-related conditions, like restless leg syndrome, arthritis and a more active bladder, can keep a person awake or prevent them from getting comfortable enough to sleep soundly. Less exercise means seniors aren’t exhausted enough to fall asleep easily.
Medicare Advantage’s recent article entitled “Seniors and Sleep: How Much Sleep You Need and How You Can Get It” reports that seniors have different needs when it comes to diet, exercise and other lifestyle habits. Therefore, it seems logical that you might also need a different amount of sleep as you get older.
The National Sleep Foundation states that older adults (age 65 and older) need between seven and eight hours of sleep per day. This number is about the same as the recommended amount of sleep for adults aged 18 and up (seven to nine hours). Seniors need the same amount of sleep as other adults, but not many are getting that amount of sleep. Researchers note that half of seniors suffer from insomnia.
What Impacts Sleep?
Several factors can impact the quantity and quality of senior sleep.
Getting enough sleep is critical to your health. Take time this week to see what impacts your sleep.
Reference: Medicare Advantage (Nov. 17, 2021) “Seniors and Sleep: How Much Sleep You Need and How You Can Get It”